The City of Gulf Shores is committed to investing in capital projects that maintain and improve the quality of life in our City while also meeting the needs and desires of its citizens. Below you will find links to information on current major capital projects. Each project page includes a project overview, the latest project status comment, budget information, anticipated completion dates, current photos, and other relevant information.
Interactive Capital Projects Map
Click here to view an interactive map of current major capital projects.
The Gulf Shores Fire Department has need of a new fire training facility. The previous training facility that was located at the Gulf Shores Utilities treatment plant was recently demolished since it had exceeded its useful life. A firefighter training facility is a key element to the City maintaining its current ISO Class 1 Rating. An ISO Class 1 rating is rare and only held by the top 1% of all fire departments nationwide.
The new City of Gulf Shores Justice Center will combine the Police Department, Jail, and Municipal Courts under one roof. This project will provide significant enhancements for the Police Department, providing a modern up-to-date facility that will adequately fulfill the needs of the department.
In an effort to create economic opportunities, improve traffic and pedestrian safety, and promote a more sustainable community, the City of Gulf Shores has been awarded funding through the 2019 U.S. Department of Transportation’s BUILD Grant Program for an innovative, multifaceted project that will enhance the quality of life for our residents and visitors.
As a component of the BUILD Grant, the City of Gulf Shores plans to improve and widen State Highway 59 by adding a third south bound lane starting at Coastal Gateway Boulevard all the way to Fort Morgan Road.
The new Waterway Village Pedestrian Bridge is a component of the BUILD Grant Project. As a new third southbound lane is added to Highway 59, pedestrian access will be eliminated on the W.C. Holmes Bridge making the new pedestrian bridge a necessity.
The Waterway East Improvements project will consist of a two mile extension of Waterway East to Cotton Creek Drive as well as new drainage, landscaping and pedestrian improvements for East 29th Ave and portions of East 2nd St.
The Beach Walking District is one of the City’s five action items in our Vision 2025 Strategic Plan and was envisioned “as a walkable, energetic beachfront district that will attract tourism, stimulate local businesses and encourage business and residential relocation”. This project will include new roadways, sidewalks, landscaping, on-street parking, street lighting and stormwater infrastructure.
In an effort to protect our natural
resources, the City has launched Green Up Gulf Shores to develop,
enhance, and promote projects and initiatives aimed at raising
environmental awareness, reducing waste, increasing livability, and
improving sustainability in the Gulf Shores community.
The Gulf Coast Center for Ecotourism & Sustainability is a nonprofit organization founded in partnership with the City of Gulf Shores in 2018. The Center was formed in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and the subsequent RESTORE Act which aims to restore and protect coastal ecosystems and economies. Scheduled to open Fall of 2024, the Eco Center will offer a suite of community programs including youth camps, field studies, public classes, workshops, and recreational programs.
In 2017, the City of Gulf Shores purchased 836 acres of critical habitat in the Bon Secour River watershed with funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund. The purpose of this project is to protect, restore, and preserve a large area of critical natural habitat, and provide for passive recreation and education opportunities such as nature trails, kayak launches, and wetland boardwalks. This conservation effort will also improve water quality in the Bon Secour and Mobile Bay watersheds.
In 2019, the City received $4.4M in Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) funding from ADNR for the acquisition and protection of 53 undeveloped acres of property located on the south shore of Little Lagoon near the west end of W. Beach Blvd. The City has acquired the property and is currently planning the habitat restoration work and the design of limited, passive recreational access facilities.
The City of Gulf Shores has been awarded $5.9M in RESTORE funding for the Little Lagoon Restoration project which will implement programs to improve water quality, increase and enhance habitat area, and improve ecological productivity. This five-year project will have secondary beneficial impacts to the region including more resilient and sustainable infrastructure, and increased recreational and ecotourism opportunities.